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Cape Coral City Council, same old song: (We need money?)

May 3, 2013

To the editor: Will these people ever stop with the tees, and taxes? Think not, that is the only way they can keep the high salaries we pay them....

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TRowth

May-13-13 9:51 AM

ONLY THE TRUTH THE CITY PULLED 1.5 MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE GENERAL FUND TO PAY FOR THE LAND THEY BOUGHT OUT OF FORECLOSURE. THE LAND OUTSIDE THE CITY LIMITS ON THE WAY TO PINE ISLAND.

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lightswitch

May-12-13 10:57 AM

Only the truth when the police station was presented the original figure was $110 million. That was not what it would cost with the debt service.

The people threw a fit over that price and what you claim came down in price NOT INCLUDING THE DEBT SERVICE!

You remond me of the person who racks up credit card debt and says ro them selves. Gee it only costs me the minimum payment of $10. When the credit meter is ticking away! People like you never keep in mind if they did not have the finance charge they could have the money to spend or work for them!

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terrygolf1313

May-11-13 10:28 AM

THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE NEED TO GET RID OF THESE UNION PUPPETS AND GET PEOPLE IN OFFICE THAT CAN MAKE THE HARD DECISIONS NOT JUST ASK FOR MORE $$$$,AS TAXS PAYER WERE LOSING THEIR JOBS AND HOMES THE CITY EMPLOYEES TOOK WHAT A 3% WAGE CUT AND PAID A LITTLE TOWARDS HEALTHCARE AND NOW THEY CRY BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO TAKE UP THE SLACK AND WORK A LITTLE BIT.WE COULD CUT CITY JOBS MORE AND STILL MOVE FORWARD IF THE PUPPETS WOULD QUIT WITH THE BS.LET SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT ARE TRUE UNFUNDED LIABILITIES ARE NOT WHAT THAT SAY WITH CREATIVE ACCOUNTING BUT THE TRUTH

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lightswitch

May-09-13 8:49 AM

Disgusted 1 no I am not John Sullivan. In fact have never met him or any of the other Road Ahead Gang in person.

You see I never had to. I voted for them because of the position they took when presenting their platform of what they said they would do. "Be in favor of the residents of the city. Not the private interest groups.

See you at the pols when the backlash against the those who can not run due to term limits and those that have gone out of their way to support new taxes on the homeowners who don't work for the city.

P.S. If I keep the appearance of my home up there is NO BLIGHT. If I own a business and I keep the appearance of my business up there is NO BLIGHT.

All the tax in the city is not going to prevent it or not prevent it. It is up to me and people like me. I do not need the city to pick up after me, as is the case with most residents. So take your Electric use tax and your soon to be shoved down our throat fire assessment tax and put where the sun does not

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Disgusted1

May-08-13 10:55 PM

Is "lightswitch" an alias for John Sullivan? Kind of sounds like his mindless, pointless, incoherent rambling.

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lightswitch

May-08-13 9:27 PM

Linda 53 NO LADY YOU MOVE ON BECAUSE SOME CHANGES WILL BE MADE.

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lightswitch

May-08-13 9:25 PM

Information insulated by the city manager John Szerlag, after it has regurgitated by the Finance Director.

I do not call that transparency! I call it give em what will work and shut them up!

Think anything will be lost in the translation from one person to another to another?

What an EMBARRASSMENT of a city Cape Coral, Florida is to the residents who live here!!!!!!!!!

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lightswitch

May-08-13 9:21 PM

Rate payers would like a helping of management fee charged on every project conducted in the city.

Rate payers would like an administrative fee charged on every project in this city.

It is of no wonder that every thing the city touches is 50% in cost than it should be.

Tonight they could not even get it correct that the Lee County Property Appraiser's office has the dimensions of each and every lot in this city. How difficult would it be to get the frontage dimension? Even if an update was needed from a company that does that work it would not be difficult to get that information if the city staff does not possess the know how. It makes a person wonder.

I am going to comment on this again but McClain, McGrail, Erbrick, and Carioscia, and Nesta get rid of Finance Advisory Committee. Put what they feel are their people in place in a watered down version abnd tonight you saw the result.

A newbie board in name only that can not get any information except what is spoon fe

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lightswitch

May-06-13 7:29 PM

I am past 2008 but am smart enough to know just because five years have past does not mean the same or worse condition can be right around the corner. Garden slugs like you are why the city is not really back and is not keeping pace with other Florida cities that were making better choices in 2007, 2008, 2009. We began in Nov 2010 borne out be a reclamation of the city's bond rating, investing money it had in actively managed investments and paid down debt. That many had been calling for that reduction by the city for decades. Only a moron would have no memory of the number of homes foreclosed on in 2007 through 2010. It took another 3 years to melt the inventory at $20,000 to $80,000 sale prices. How many people were out of work and not able to feed the pig (city government)? The public sector got the free ride but the private sector that you need to give yourself sustenance was decimated. Many are still gone today, still over 20,000. Your memory is much like a sieve.

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lightswitch

May-06-13 4:30 PM

Linda53 I have heard you have put yourself up to your knees in fertilizer.

And your still full of it.

I know where you can get a great buy on $15 million worth of equipment to put yourself in the fertilizer business since your chock full of surplus!

I bet the city could use that $15 million right now?

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linda53

May-04-13 8:39 PM

Lightswitch......what does it look like living in 2008? When you get the chance, come walk through my garden. It needs fertilized.

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lightswitch

May-04-13 12:03 PM

Nice downtown the city has built around city hall? The city went from a downtown mode to a midtown mode.

Just like the CRA bouncing from multi story European looking projects back to single story Key West motifs.

All this wasted money and just because you extract more expendable income from the homeowner shows any plan started today will never reach tomorrow.

Who owned the land for city hall and what was it worth when it was purchased? It was bantered back then in the 90's the city paid double. So what has changed? Nothing. Except the city can not make a budget nor live within it!

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lightswitch

May-04-13 11:52 AM

This city is like a child given an allowance. It sees more to spend it on right now and does. Then returns to his parents and says I don't have any money.

As a poster child for its poor handling of its credit in the past and probably going forward. It now becomes the poster child for a chapter in raising an undisciplined spend thrift child.

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lightswitch

May-04-13 11:47 AM

Onlythetruth if that money was SURPLUS in the StormWater Funds then there is or was a need to move money around to cover deficits. Thus we would not be looking to a $20 million deficit. It would be under $6 million.

This is why the numbers never add up because of BSers like you.

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Packer

May-04-13 9:44 AM

Hey lightswitch how come you have to lie?

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Shadowrider99

May-04-13 8:41 AM

I see light switch is still up to his half baked rants. He clearly does not understand finances. One time capital costs like building city hall does not cover $20 million annual deficits. Perhaps light switch=Gary king. Since Gary also had problems with understanding finance. Like when he stated he could cut 20 million from the budget without affecting core services and ever month we delayed hiring him would cost the city an "opportunity cost". Oh how I miss those days.

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onlythetruth

May-03-13 9:43 PM

OK, enough of the false facts and figures Lightswitch. The funds for the land originated from dedicated sources ie storm water, etc, so the monies must be returned to those same dedicated sources when it is recovered, it cannot be used for the general fund. The police station was $30,000,000 so you are only off fifty million on that one. And finally, you are only off 100 million when refering to the water plant. Lies, lies, lies, it's all you and your group know.

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linda53

May-03-13 7:54 PM

lightswitch.. if you dislike it here so much.. MOVE ON!!

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netransplant

May-03-13 4:23 PM

Roy, a little reading on your part will show you that city staff has been reduced, and those still employed have taken pay cuts, all while picking up the work from the reductions. It amazes me how people such as yourself continue to tell lie after lie, as if you can't handle the truth. The biggest liar is Steve Lovejoy, and if you listen to him then the unicorns will be circling city hall.

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lightswitch

May-03-13 10:44 AM

Something else that does not seem to add up. As we know the housing foreclosure rate wave began to hit heavily here in December 2006. As more and more homes, many homesteaded became vacant. Now they were devalued for sure but compared to non homesteaded homes when resold fetch a larger tax. Now we have read and even heard from realtors the housing supply is down. Many of the homes sold are second homes, many of the homes should not be homesteaded because they are being rented. Many of the homes were sold to corporations I mention Deltona because in 1 listing of transferred deeds they bought 144 homes that ranged in price from $14,000, $28,000, $57,000 $92,000 and some high along with parcels of land. These should be all non homesteaded. How many smaller buys are they homesteaded or not? Of many in the city who really knows if they are occupied as full time or really part time or even rented? But there isn't enough tax!

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lightswitch

May-03-13 10:28 AM

Funny isn't it the land alone that the city hall sits on today cost us $20 million. Gee if we had that now we would have a balanced budget. The police station we have today cost us $80 million dollars. However we did use a coupon (satire) and cut it from what was proposed $110 million. Gee if we had cut it to $60 million we would have a balanced budget today. We build a $145 million dollar water plant based on falling water usage. Gee if we had only connected the dots and read what was occurring across the country at that time. Gee we would have a balanced budget in fact surplus.

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